The Emerging Role of Telestroke in the Middle East and North Africa Region in the Era of COVID-19

Rizwana Shahid, Hosam M. Al-Jehani, Azra Zafar, Maher Saqqur

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Abstract

Stroke is the second most common cause of death worldwide. It is a medical emergency demanding immediate recognition to provide time-sensitive acute management. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged acute stroke care, and alternate models of treatment are needed. Telestroke is well proven as a valid tool for acute stroke assessment and has been utilized successfully to manage patients remotely in many parts of the world, though it is underutilized in the Middle East and North Africa region. Given the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as risk of physician exposure to infection, implementation of a telestroke system is critical to provide consultant stroke physician coverage. This article provides a proposed model for coordinated telestroke. Implementation of telestroke in the Middle East and North Africa region and other underdeveloped areas will optimize stroke management, especially during the COVID-19 era.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalThe primary care companion for CNS disorders
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 30 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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